WorldWideWeb – Mobile 17+

A web server for developers

The Iconfactory

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



This app’s name is an homage to the world’s first web server. Back in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee started the web on his NeXT computer.

On that computer was an app named WorldWideWeb. This app was unique because it allowed his machine to edit and serve HTML documents. The app also used coding frameworks that were adopted by Apple after purchasing NeXT: they are being used right now to display what you’re reading.

Like that original app, this WorldWideWeb is a handy web development tool.

It’s designed for people who need to test things on their iPad or iPhone before moving the files onto a real web server like Apache or nginx. It also allows you to work in those increasingly rare moments where you don’t have a connection to the Internet. App developers can use this server to simulate and test APIs that their product uses.


WorldWideWeb does things differently than today’s production web servers:

• Automatic refresh — Watches your site and reloads browser when there are changes
• No caching — Every request gets a new response, no cache busters needed
• Easy to configure — Pick a folder and go
• Directory listings — A handy list of files whenever you hit a URL that doesn’t exist
• Bonjour support – Automatic DNS for easy access using devices on your local network
• REST support — Set default responses as JSON or XML for easy mocking of APIs
• No external dependencies — Completely standalone and doesn’t need other tools like Python or Ruby
• Built-in security — Runs completely in a sandbox, no access to data unless you allow it
• Powerful and lightweight – A small memory footprint with minimal CPU overhead
• No rocket science — Perfect for clients and other folks who are less technically inclined

What’s New

Version 2.1.1

• Fixed issues that could cause a crash during auto refresh

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
26 Ratings

26 Ratings

987654321+ ,

Excellent local web server to test out javascript on mobile device!

Thanks for creating this free excellent local web server to test out javascript that I've created or downloaded from github. I'm a novice javascript programmer and user on my iPad and usually use the web preview function of Textastic to run my projects locally. However, the World Wide Web server app runs my project with even more screen space and most similar to the actual rendering seen when I'm connected to a website in the Safari browser. It is simple to use-- all I need to do is to choose the folder that contains my local webserver files (e.g. Textastic files or the standard files app on my iPad), tap on a button to start the browser, then one more button to actually open up a browser in full view. :-) :-) :-)

terceiro ,

More than a toy

Here’s what it feels like to drive out into the mountains with just an iPad and a Bluetooth keyboard, and to do some actual, real-life web development: it feels like freedom.

(: ME :) ,

Love the idea!

Def looking forward to tweaking my website from my iPad! But for some reason, Dropbox is grayed out in the Files folder picker. 🤔

App Privacy

The developer, The Iconfactory, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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